Flu, H1N1 clinics scheduled for local area

Sherry Martell
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TRURO - The Colchester East Hants Health Authority will roll out its H1N1 and seasonal flu immunization campaign on Monday.
The majority of public health staff in the district has been freed up from their daily
roles to focus on
supporting the mass immunization clinics.
"My understanding is that our district is one of the first, if not the first, to be starting these clinics and our entire team is to be commended for their efforts to make these clinics happen as quickly as possible," said Krista Wood, authority spokeswoman. "This is a monumental task and our staff and volunteers have really pulled together."
The H1N1 vaccine has received federal authorization, which means the government of Canada is satisfied the vaccine is safe and effective.
Nova Scotia has ordered 1.4 million doses of the vaccine. The first shipment, 52,000 doses, arrived Oct. 19. The province will pay about $4.5 million for the vaccine.
The authority has organized clinics that will be held during the next three weeks in Truro, Tatamagouche, Debert, Stewiacke, Millbrook, Elmsdale and Indian Brook.
"Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the risks of H1N1 and seasonal flu," said Wood.
"There are some indications that H1N1 flu activity is increasing, so it is vital that residents do all they can to protect themselves. This includes vaccination."
Visible signs of H1N1 activity are now being seen in the province. There have been 17 cases of H1N1 in the province since Aug. 29 and there has been one death in Nova Scotia associated with the virus.
"It is absolutely essential that our residents take this seriously and take the measures that are available to protect themselves," said the spokeswoman.
"Our health-care system anticipates significant increases in demand as a result of complications from both H1N1 and seasonal flu."
She said like other organizations, they also anticipate many members of their staff may become ill.
"When you combine increased demands with a reduced availability of care providers it is a huge concern, so preventing illness is paramount," she said.
Wood said the authority's entire health-care team is working on plans to support the continued provision of vital services should this situation become a reality.

Organizations: Colchester East Hants Health Authority

Geographic location: TRURO, Nova Scotia, Canada Indian Brook

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